The Weekend of Our Dreams
Feb. 16 – Feb. 17
Tahoe has been getting hammered with snow for weeks now, creating one of the best seasons we have seen up here in a long time. So good, I don’t remember the last time I skied a groomer.
All week it has been dumping in the mountains. On Wednesday, we were planning on skiing Mt. Rose but we woke up and they were closed due to wind and avalanche management. Thursday, we tried to go for a flat tour in the Mt. Rose Meadows but couldn’t find a place to park on the side of Mt. Rose Highway as there was too much snow on the road. Squaw was closed Friday because they got another 25″ and were doing avalanche control and i-80 was closed from the Nevada State Line all the way down to Colfax until about 8:30 pm. Once it opened, we took our chance and drove up the Squaw.
Saturday, Allison and I had a backcountry tour planned with Alpenglow Expeditions and Ben Mitchell so we could get out and enjoy the crazy amounts of snow and get some exercise. Needless to say, it was the best pow skiing of our lives. We stayed on fairly low angle terrain and didn’t summit the peak we were skiing to avoid the wind and storm slab avalanche issues. Every single turn snow flew over our heads and we got to the bottom with snow caked on our goggles.
The next day, we hit the resort for some lift access terrain. The morning only offered four lifts from the bottom of Squaw: KT-22, Red Dog, Far East, and Squaw Creek. Since the line for KT was massive, we decided to hit the smaller line on Red Dog. That said, this line took us about an hour…
Once we finally got up, we did a couple laps down to Squaw Creek as the line wasn’t as bad over there. We had some amazing turns in this area before they opened some of the upper mountain and we headed that way.
At the top of the Gondola, we decided to head up the two person chair called Broken Arrow and traverse out into the bowl. Here, we found a ton of fresh tracks and some cliffs to play around on.
And it just keeps coming!